~Sister Wendy Beckett
As for me, I will cry to God,
and the Lord will save me.
Evening, morning, and at noon,
I will cry and lament,
and he will hear my voice.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, let me not complain, let me not refuse to submit! Teach me, I beg You, Your faithful obedience and loving humility. Make me one with You and Your Blessed Mother in always seeking and cherishing the lowest places, where the Father dwells in all His glory. Amen.
Ave Maria! Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, spouse of Our Lady and foster-father of the Child Jesus. I am particularly fond of the above icon of St. Joseph because he looks so virile -- and that he was! There was absolutely nothing about him that was lackluster or wishy-washy. As we prayed in the Offertory Antiphon at the Traditional Latin Mass this morning: "My truth and My mercy will be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted (Psalm 89:25). The titles of the beautiful Litany of St. Joseph above tell us much about this just and holy man and why we pray to him with such love and devotion. Being a consecrated virgin, my favorite and constant invocation to him is: "Guardian of Virgins, pray for us!" I beg him to vigorously and assiduously assist me in faithfully living out these words from "The Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity for Women Living in the World" that Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza spoke to me as he slipped my wedding band on my finger: "Receive the ring that marks you as a bride of Christ. Keep unstained your fidelity to your Bridegroom, that you may one day be admitted to the wedding feast of everlasting joy." Dear St. Joseph, please pray for me and for all of us! Amen!
Thank you, dear Lord, for the daily work that You give me to do. In union with You and Your great sacrifice of love, may it always be a joyful sacrifice of praise for the glory of the Father. Amen.